Epidemiologic Intelligence to Support Decision-Making in Milwaukee

Establishing a dynamic, responsive, decision-supportive data analysis resource for Milwaukee County

Full Project Name:Dynamic, Responsive Spatiotemporal Epidemiologic Intelligence to Support Decision-Making in MilwaukeePrincipal Investigator:Kirsten Beyer, PhD, MPH, Institute for Health and EquityCo-Investigator:Mallory O'Brien, PhD, Institute for Health and EquityAward Amount:$145,168
Award Date
April2020
Project Duration:6 months

Project Description Narrative:


Rates of coronavirus are higher in Milwaukee than the rest of Wisconsin, with high infection rates and deaths in the city’s northside Black communities. However, current coronavirus projections are only provided at the state level and more detailed spatial and temporal information about the spread of the infection, and disparities, is needed. This information is crucial as additional waves of infection and response are anticipated over the next 12-18 months until a vaccine or effective antiviral medications are identified.

This project aims to go beyond basic emergency planning to establish a dynamic, responsive, decision-supportive data analysis resource for Milwaukee County. 

Community Partner:
Milwaukee County

Project Updates:


  • Established intelligence team that includes expertise from fields of biostatics, epidemiology, public health, and clinical and translational research across MCW and other area academic and public health institutions
     
  • Initiated and finalized appropriate data use agreements with partners to access and build analysis and reporting capabilities
     
  • Began analysis of critical data, within first months of award began producing daily reports for area health leadership along with production of 10 comprehensive reports aimed at assisting decisionmakers and leaders in deploying guidance to businesses, organizations, and the public related to a variety of data including impact on Black and Hispanic communities, risk burden, children, testing, and more
     
  • Established weekly regional reports for nearly every county in southeast Wisconsin, including Milwaukee County

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